Category Archives: bore

Converting From Community Bore to Mains in ‘The Green’, Butler

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If you live in The Green Estate in Butler then you will probably have experienced the frustration most people do at not being able to control your own reticulation. You can only run tests at short times on a Saturday morning and no one can service your retic except for the designated company who charge […]

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Shared Bores and Strange Problems in Yanchep

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This week I had an early morning phone call from a regular client who lives at the top of our street. ‘Andrew – my retic is on and it won’t go off. I’ve turned the controller off but it keeps running…’ If this were a system running off the mains then we would naturally presume […]

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What’s in Your Bore Water?

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Check this out! Today we did a job on an old bore in Yokine. It involved removing the elbow from the top of the bore and as I inspected it this is what I saw. The mineral deposits from the water have formed a crusty inner skin that looks a bit like coconut inside the […]

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Converting From Mains Retic to a Bore?

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Easy to do! If you have recently moved and are wondering if this is a worthwhile option then my tip is to do it straight away. After 5 years in our last home we began debating the merits of a bore, but knowing we may not stay much longer than another year or two we […]

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How to Avoid Bore Stains

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I drove past a school on the weekend that was painted blue, but had large red arcs around the paintwork – the result of sprinklers running off a bore. If you have a bore and you are worried about staining then the answer is to try and design a garden and lawn that can minimise […]

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Can Water Quality Affect Solenoids?

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I have a friend who lives in Quinns Rocks and is on a shared bore. In the last year we have replaced 3 solenoid coils on the same valve because they have corroded and become stuck open. I haven’t seen this happen before, but it seems that the minerals in the water (or perhaps the […]

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My Bore Won’t Come on

Normally when your bore starts up you hear a ‘clunk’ sound as the bore starter kicks in. If you can’t hear this then chances are your relay to the starter is faulty or the problem is in your control box. If the control box looks ok then you will need to call an electrician to […]

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Running Sprinklers off a Bore

Which sprinklers should you run from a bore? You have a couple of things to consider: a) Flow rate: often bores allow you to run much greater numbers of sprinklers than a standard mains pressure system. 80l/min is normal as opposed to 30 off the mains. b) Pump run time: every minute your bore is […]

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Problems With a Shared Bore

Shared bores are a great idea in that only one whole gets drilled and can serve two or three properties. But shared bores can also raise some interesting challenges – and can be similar to the dreaded ‘neighbourhood fence’. The question of who is responsible when it breaks down can be tricky. The question of […]

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My Reticulation has Lost Pressure

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Ok so you have noticed a drop in pressure on your sprinklers. Believe it or not the first place to check is your water meter. Make sure someone hasn’t turned the pressure down here. It happens… I have no idea why people do it but that’s the first test. Then check and see if it […]

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